CDC STEADI Screening
Use the CDC STEADI algorithm to screen and assess for a fall risk. Let your patient know why they may be at risk of falling, encourage them to complete the home safety assessment on the Falls Rx Tool, and to register for a falls prevention program using the Falls Rx Tool following their visit.
Refer patients directly through NCCARE360 to the Healthy Aging NC Initiative or through our website referral form. Sign up for a program with Healthy Aging NC and complete a home safety check! Note: If you do not see a current workshop in your area of the state, complete this form and we will get you connected to a class.
Many older adults take several medications for various medical conditions daily and can experience unexpected side effects. The Gerontological Society of America reported that “between 1988 and 2010 the median number of prescription medications used among adults aged 65 and older doubled from 2 to 4, and the proportion taking more than or equal to five medications tripled…” Medication, while instrumental in treating some conditions, will need to be closely monitored by family, caregivers, doctors, and nurses to help minimize the risk of an elderly family member or patient falling. It should also be noted that alcohol (and/or other drugs) can further endanger an older adult.
Medication management can reduce interactions and side effects that may lead to falls.
NC Assistive Technology Program
The North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP) works with people of all ages and abilities, providing assessments, equipment demos, short term device loans, training, and referrals to funding sources. Assistive Technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of an individual with a disability. Various AT devices and equipment can be used as an aide in preventing & reducing falls among individuals.